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  1. Mickalene Thomas: Muse Box Set

    Mickalene Thomas: Muse Box Set

    $9,000.00

    Aperture is pleased to present a very special limited-edition Mickalene Thomas boxset, comprised of the photograph A moment's pleasure in black and white, 2006/8 and a specially bound signed copy of MUSE. Mickalene Thomas, known for her large-scale, multi-textured, and rhinestone-encrusted paintings of domestic interiors and portraits, has also identified the photographic image as a defining touchstone for her practice. Thomas first began to photograph herself and her mother as a student at Yale—a pivotal experience for her as an artist. While working across multiple series, much of her photographic work functions as a personal act of deconstruction and reappropriation—both of images she has created herself and images she has singled out as influence. With each series, she grapples with and asserts new definitions of beauty and inspiration. Thomas’s portraits draw equally from 1970s black-is-beautiful images of women such as supermodel Beverly Johnson and actress Vonetta McGee; Édouard Manet’s odalisque figures; and the mise-en-scène studio portraiture of James Van Der Zee and Malick Sidibé, to mention a few. Perhaps of greatest importance, however, this collection of portraits and staged scenes reflects a very personal community of inspiration as well—a collection of muses that includes herself, her mother, and her friends and lovers, emphasizing the communal and social aspects of art-making and creativity that pervade her work. This volume is the first to gather together her various approaches to photography, including portraits, collages, Polaroids, and other processes, and will be the foundation for a major traveling exhibition of the work to launch in 2015. Learn More
  2. Mickalene Thomas: Muse Box Set

    Mickalene Thomas: Muse Box Set

    $10,000.00

    Aperture is pleased to present a very special limited-edition Mickalene Thomas boxset, comprised of the photograph Le déjeuner sur l’herbe: les trois femmes noires and a specially bound signed copy of MUSE. In “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe: les trois femmes noires” (2010), Thomas transforms Edouard Manet’s notorious canvas (1862-3) into a collaged photograph, as well as a large-scale rhinestone-encrusted mural. Thomas has replaced Manet’s scandalizing dressed men and naked women with three black women who gaze directly at the viewer, dressed to the nines in sundresses, hoop earrings, and full make-up. Of the photograph, Thomas said, “When I was looking through the lens and trying to compose the image I wanted to have the depth of field that Manet has with the woman in the background, and it created that same environment with the Matisse sculpture taking the place of the fourth figure. Everything fell into place. Everything felt right. I didn’t have to try reconstructing things or forcing things. I saw it and I responded and it worked.” Learn More
  3. Sochi Project Box Set: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus

    Sochi Project Box Set: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus

    $575.00

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    This Special Edition of 'An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus' consists of a signed copy of the book and a protective folder with two signed and numbered C-prints in a handmade red linen slipcase. Hamzad Ivloev, Nazran, Ingushetia, 2012: Hamzad Ivloev, 44, was a policeman in Karabulak. One night he discovered a booby trap. At that moment reinforcements arrived. Hamzad started screaming and telling them to run away. But no one responded. He decided to throw himself on the grenade. "In retrospect, it was all for nothing. I sacrificed myself for a bunch of cowards", he says bitterly. Elena, Sochi, Russia, 2012: Elena, thirty-one, has been a dancer at Art Klub, the strip club on the first floor of the monstrous Hotel Zhemchuzhina, for eighteen months. Loud music, sweaty bodies on the pebble beach, and striptease are perhaps more at home in Sochi than the sporting spectacles of the Winter Olympics. The coming years will prove what survives of both. Learn More
  4. Cathedral of the Pines Box Set

    Cathedral of the Pines Box Set

    $10,000.00

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    Aperture is pleased to present this very special limited-edition artwork, consisting of a clothbound copy of Gregory Crewdson's monograph Cathedral of the Pines, and a special-edition photograph, The Backyard, 2013. Both are encased in a specially designed clamshell box. Cathedral of the Pines presents Gregory Crewdson’s first new body of work in over five years. The series marks a return to Crewdson’s classic style of storytelling via the single image, using light and color to create newly intimate, psychologically charged imagery. This body of work marks a time of transition for the artist, and a retreat from New York to a remote home and studio in western Massachusetts—a period of time during which Crewdson chose to remain socially withdrawn, instead committing to daily, long-distance, open-water swims and cross-country skiing on wooded paths. Cathedral of the Pines is named after one of these trails, deep in the forests of Becket, Massachusetts, the site where he found the inspiration to make these new pictures. It was there that he felt darkness lift, experienced a reconnection with his artistic process, and moved into a period of renewal and intense creative productivity. Each digital pigment print in this set was printed under the supervision of the artist. Each print is signed and numbered by Gregory Crewdson and is accompanied by a signed copy of The Cathedral of the Pines. This box set is limited to twenty numbered copies. Gregory Crewdson (born in Brooklyn, 1962) is a graduate of SUNY Purchase and the Yale School of Art, where he is now Director of Graduate Studies in Photography. His series Beneath the Roses, which took nearly ten years and a crew of over one hundred people to complete, is the subject of the 2012 documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters. His work has been exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, including a survey that toured throughout Europe from 2001 to 2008. Crewdson’s awards include the Skowhegan Medal for Photography, the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship, and the Aaron Siskind Fellowship. He is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York. Learn More
  5. Aperture Magazine Collectors Subscription Series
  6. Tout Va Bien Limited Edition with Print

    Tout Va Bien Limited Edition with Print

    $600.00

    Swedish artist JH Engström is an inveterate bookmaker. Tout Va Bien returns to the looser, more associative approach. The source for these photographs is nevertheless strongly autobiographical, as well as vividly metaphorical; a reemphasis of the artist’s belief in photography’s potential as visual poetry. The sequencing is highly charged with contrasts

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  7. The Mysterious Opacity of Other Beings Limited-Edition Box Set

    The Mysterious Opacity of Other Beings Limited-Edition Box Set

    $5,750.00

    The Mysterious Opacity of Other Beings focuses less on the abstraction of water, sand, and mote-sized figures, instead honing in on the gestures and expressions of bathers adrift in the ocean. .Each image is presented both as full frame and as a series of enlarged details that enable the viewer to linger on each individual’s complete surrender of their body to the sea—a seductive melding of human and nature. Learn More
  8. Erwin Olaf Limited Edition Box Set

    Erwin Olaf Limited Edition Box Set

    $3,700.00

    This jewel-toned box set includes each of Erwin Olaf’s Aperture monographs: a copy of the first edition of Erwin Olaf, published in 2008 and currently unavailable in bookstores; and a copy of Erwin Olaf: Volume II, released in 2014. Each print, of photographs appearing in Erwin Olaf: Volume II, is signed and numbered by Olaf.

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  9. LaToya Ruby Frazier limited-edition box set

    LaToya Ruby Frazier limited-edition box set

    $4,000.00

    Out of stock

    In her first monograph, The Notion of Family (Aperture, 2014), Guggenheim Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier explores the legacy of racism and economic decline in post-industrial American small towns. Learn More
  10. Private Views Limited-Edition Box Set

    Private Views Limited-Edition Box Set

    $300.00

    In the early 1980s, photographer Barbara Crane embarked on a photographic project shot during Chicago's various summer festivals. Armed with a Super Speed Graphic camera and Polaroid film, Crane waded in close to the revelers and focused on capturing the details of clothing and hairstyles, but most important, gesture. Learn More

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